Tongan church pastor smashes a truck window with a tyre iron before driving into his helpless victim as he tried to call police
- A Tongan pastor attacked a truck with a tyre iron in New Zealand
- He then drove his white van over his victim who was calling police
- A court heard how the attack was a case of ‘road rage gone wrong’
- The pastor pleaded guilty to two charges related to the attack
In a fit of road rage a Tongan church pastor attacked a vehicle with a tyre iron before driving into his victim as he tried to call police.
Sione Toutaiolepo, 46, followed a truck driver who he thought had earlier cut him off and smashed his window with a tyre iron when the driver pulled over.
The incensed pastor then drove his white van into the victim as he climbed out of the truck and tried to call police, Fairfax Media reported.
The victim clung to the van as Toutaiolepo sped away and was eventually thrown off in the middle of the road.
The incident occurred on January 14 at the intersection of Riccarton Road and Straven Road in Christchurch, New Zealand.
Toutaiolepo, a pastor at the Tongan Assembly of God, appeared in Christchurch District Court on Thursday where he pleaded guilty to charges of willful damage and assault using a car as a weapon.
Defence lawyer Paul Johnson described his mild-mannered client’s out-of-character actions as an attack of road rage gone ‘horribly wrong’.
Toutaiolepo was ordered to pay $500 to his victim, who was not seriously injured in the attack, as well as performing 100 hours of community service and paying $500 to fix the broken window.